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What You'll Get
Choose Between Two Options
- $99 for Full Auto Detail for a Car ($200 value)
- $139 for Full Auto Detail for a Van or SUV ($300 value)
Chamois: Leaving Cars Shiny and Dry
Chamois cloth isn’t your typical towel. Read on to learn why auto detailers love its drying power.
On first glance, chamois might not seem like a great material for drying. It doesn’t have the plush fibers of a cotton towel, the dense sponginess of a microfiber cloth, or the fast action of a strong gust of wind. It just looks like an irregular piece of leather—which is exactly what it is. Chamois cloths are made of lambskin or sheepskin that’s been tanned (a way of chemically preserving leather) with cod-liver oil to make it ultra soft and durable, as well as resistant to mold and mildew. While it may look smooth, the leather is very porous and consequently very absorbent.
Chamois’s drying capabilities are twofold. When damp, its flat surface molds to the hood or sides of a vehicle or a bald person’s head. This creates a tight seal that squeegees off excess water as the auto detailer slowly pulls the cloth along the car’s body. The water that doesn’t get pushed off the surface is readily absorbed: according to New Zealand’s largest chamois producer, a chamois cloth can take in up to five times its weight in water. Meanwhile, the pores also trap particles of dirt, dust, and grime to prevent them from scratching the car’s surface.
- Since it’s soft and lint-free, chamois leather also can be used to remove smudges from smartphone screens, tablets, and TVs.
- Synthetic versions, such as ShamWow, have similarly absorbent properties. These are typically made from polyvinyl alcohol or a nonwoven rayon blend, and some claim to absorb more than twice as much as a natural chamois.
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About Custom Connections
As Custom Connections insightfully points out, the average driver spends nearly 38,000 hours of their life sitting inside their car. That essentially means vehicles are, in some ways, our second homes—so shouldn't they feel that way? That's where the certified technicians at Custom Connections come in, doing everything from installing custom stereo systems with Blutooth integration to decking rides out with backup cameras and sensors. They can even install HID and LED lights, as well as set up keyless entry to ensure that our four-wheeled homes away from home feel as, well, homey as possible.